Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
when and why did this rule change?
do players still get zero pointers for failing to fulfil 500 requirements or what?
yes, for the top-30 if they don't play 4 of them in the calendar year (Monte-Carlo is included), and for every player if they withdraw without respecting the rule : few of the top-30 get them though, mostly the top-4 guys who don't need them, or Isner, Fish or Roddick because they prefer staying in the US or because of the Olympics or whatever.
The reason why it changed ?
Two possibilities :
- the main one : the Olympics were a special optional tournament who could not be included in the commitment and was earnt much more than ATP250 tournaments. If the rule had stayed the same, it was a threat for ATP250 tournaments.
- the other one : the previous rule was tough to understand and sometimes looked weird, even though they might have gone a bit too far in the opposite direction.